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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 1, 2011 10:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Sweet! Here's a road map...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_music_videos_aired_on_MTV

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 1, 2011 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

MTV's invention and ensuing popularity signaled the demise of music as we knew it,it was prophetic that the first song played was Video Killed the Radio Star on an album titled The Plastic Age.It soon became more about the way the artist looked than quality of their music,it also created a situation where if you had a video with "interesting" imagery that also trumped the quality of the music.You can correlate the quality nosedive in music directly with the creation and rise in popularity of MTV,pop music has reached an all-time low and it's stupidity is reflected in the youth who consume it,a group largely peopled by vapid,ignorant,self-absorbed individuals.MTV and it's sister channel VH1 continue to churn out horrific,damaging programming that our youth are seemingly very influenced by,such gems as 16 and Pregnant,Real World,Flavor of Love,it is a long list of vile and empty garbage.So I would have to say fuck MTV.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2011 8:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oCPNMZuWwI

Fun Fun Fun in the fluffy chair
Flame up the herb
Woof down the beer
[click!]
Hi
I'm your video DJ
I always talk like I'm wigged out on quaaludes
I wear a satin baseball jacket everywhere I go

My job is to help destroy
What's left of your imagination
By feeding you endless doses
Of sugar-coated mindless garbage

So don't create
Be sedate
Be a vegetable at home
And thwack on that dial
If we have our way even you will believe
This is the future of rock and roll

How far will you go
How low will you stoop
To tranquilize our minds with your sugar-coated swill

You've turned rock and roll rebellion
Into Pat Boone sedation
Making sure nothing's left to the imagination

M.T.V. Get off the
M.T.V. Get off the
M.T.V. Get off the air
Get off the air

See the latest rejects from the muppet show
Wag their tits and their dicks
As they lip-synch on screen
There's something I don't like
About a band who always smiles
Another tax write-off
For some schmuck who doesn't care

M.T.V. Get off the air
And so it was
Our beloved corporate gods
Claimed they created rock video
Allowing it to sink as low in one year
As commercial TV has in 25
"It's the new frontier," they say
It's wide open, anything can happen
But you've got a lot of nerve
To call yourself a pioneer
When you're too god-damn conservative
To take real chances.

Tin-eared
Graph-paper brained accountants
Instead of music fans
Call all the shots at giant record companies now

The lowest common denominator rules
Forget honesty
Forget creativity
The dumbest buy the mostest
That's the name of the game

But sales are slumping
And no one will say why
Could it be they put out one too many lousy records?!?

M.T.V.-Get off the air!
NOW

- Dead Kennedys, 1984





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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 1, 2011 9:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Well played! Well played indeed.

I'd also add....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmKzkYTsPJg
Performed live at the 1980 Bay Area Music Awards

I'm tired of self respect
I can't afford a car
I wanna be a prefab superstar

I wanna be a tool
Don't need no soul
Wanna make big money
Playing rock and roll

I'll make my music boring
I'll play my music slow
I ain't no artist, I'm a business man
No ideas of my own

I won't offend
Or rock the boat
Just sex and drugs
And rock and roll

Drool, drool, drool, drool, drool, drool
My Payola!
Drool, drool, drool, drool, drool, drool
My Payola!

You'll pay ten bucks to see me
On a fifteen foot high stage
Fatass bouncers kick the shit
Out of kids who try to dance

If my friends say
I've lost my guts
I'll laugh and say
That's rock and roll

But there's just one problem

[Chorus]
Is my cock big enough
Is my brain small enough
For you to make me a star
Give me a toot, I'll sell you my soul
Pull my strings and I'll go far

And when I'm rich
And meet Bob Hope
We'll shoot some golf
And shoot some dope

Is my cock big enough?
Is my brain small enough?

This post was modified by clashcity on 2011-08-02 04:40:53

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2011 10:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

There's a funny story behind that. Apparently they were asked to play California Uber Alles -- I'm sure the Bammies organizers felt they were being very cutting-edge to have THAT one on the stage! -- but ... well, for what it's worth, here's Wikipedia.

"... after about 15 seconds into the song, Biafra said, "Hold it! We've gotta prove that we're adults now. We're not a punk rock band, we're a new wave band."

"The band, who all wore white shirts with a big, black S painted on the front, pulled black ties from around the backs of their necks to form a dollar sign, then started playing a new song entitled "Pull My Strings" ..."

I've wondered if anyone in the GD was there and what they thought. Phil kept getting named as Best Bass Player and once around that time apparently told the Bammies that he'd come to the ceremony if they promised to stop giving him the award.

Supposedly the DKs weren't invited back to the Bammies, but I sure do hear a lot of laughter in that crowd ...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bd/Pullmystrings.jpg

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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 2, 2011 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

One of those great, guerrilla moments in punk history to be sure.

I love the mock Dylan voice during the end part as well.



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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 2, 2011 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Got to love the DK's,they had more genuine punk spirit to them than 99% of their poser counterparts.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Aug 1, 2011 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Have to disagree with you on this one. MTV was a product of the fact that music took a nosedive from it's hey day of the late 60s and early 70s. late 70s music for the most part already sucked well before MTV came along. Need I mention disco or punk??

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 1, 2011 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Finster,I wasn't so much blaming MTV for the state of music at any particular time,simply pointing out that in relation to it's growth the quality of music seemed to be in decline,and in some instances it was directly related to MTV's influences.I found that I enjoyed disco and punk music in the same proportion as most music,a small percentage was good to excellent the rest a varying degree of average to awful.I can't think of any positive impact MTV had on music.Thirty years of mindless horseshit.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Aug 1, 2011 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

That's cool. Sometimes mindless (and fun) is exactly what I want from music. But, I do see where you are coming from.
I just think that MTV was a product of the times, not a cause of them. Chicken or egg??

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 1, 2011 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

All good points Finster,as for someone's musical tastes,far be it from me to have an opinion on what they should like.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Aug 1, 2011 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

I really liked Headbanger's Ball back in the day. Although around the time it started out douchebag Adam Curry was dressing up in crappy leather and chains pretending he was a metal head. At least Riki Rachtman had knowledge of the hard core bands, and it didn't hurt that he looked like that guy who always hung with the band, but wasn't actually IN the band.

Now it's all just Empty-V.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 1, 2011 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Good Grief! There's a whole lot of Rod Stewart on that list.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Aug 1, 2011 2:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Rod Stewart became a joke, but when he played with The Faces at the beginning of the '70s he was brilliant. I lived in London then, but was only 13 and my mum and dad wouldn't have let me out at night - how I wish I could've seen The Faces live!

Here's STAY WITH ME. Lock up yer daughters!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBdQjayB2TU&;feature=related

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Aug 2, 2011 6:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

I have to agree w/ WILLco on this one. Rod Stewarts' early career was brilliant. I did see him w/ Jeff Beck at the Fillmore East and they were great. I think you have to admit ther'es only a hand full of male rock lead singers at that time.A quick list of English singers would read like this ,Robert Plant, Rodger Daltry,Rod Stewart,Mick Jagger, Stev Winwood ,Van Morrison and later Peter Framton.In the U.S. we have Jesse Colin Young, Marty Balin,Richie Furay,Richard Manuel,Jim Morrison and maybe Paul Simon but the rock lead singer title might not fit. These are not in order of significance or importanace I just did a quick list from memory.Iknow I've missed some but the rap was about Rod Stewart anyway.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 1, 2011 4:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy 30th MTV

Is that Ronnie Wood sporting an Ampeg Dan Armstrong?

I concur regarding The Faces, and the horrible-ness of 80's Rod Stewart.

Here's a classic video of the over played Maggie Mae where they turn the stage into a football pitch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEoc13bwCw0

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